2022 World Cup: FIFA Agrees To Change World Cup Start Date

The opening match and ceremony of this year’s tournament at Al Bayt Stadium have been brought forward a day following a unanimous decision taken by FIFA; as host country Qatar will play Ecuador at the opener match of the event on 20 November; while African counterpart Senegal will now face the Netherlands on 21 November.

Fans from different countries will be able to witness the opening match and ceremony of this year’s tournament at Al Bayt Stadium at 7 pm.

An unanimous decision was taken by the Bureau of the FIFA Council on Thursday to commence the FIFA World Cup in Qatar from November 20 which originally it was scheduled to kick off from November 21.

The change in schedule was done to allow the host nation to play the first game of the tournament, as has been the custom over the past editions of the tournament.

The change ensures the continuity of a long-standing tradition of marking the start of the FIFA World Cup with an opening ceremony on the occasion of the first match featuring either the hosts or the defending champions.

Consequently, the encounter between Senegal and the Netherlands has been rescheduled from 1 pm to 7 pm on November 21.

The decision followed an assessment of the competition and operational implications, as well as a thorough consultation process and an agreement with key stakeholders and the host country.

A FIFA statement released on Thursday included: “The decision followed an assessment of the competition and operational implications, as well as a thorough consultation process and an agreement with key stakeholders and the host country.

“The release period, as previously decided and as governed by the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players, will remain unchanged, beginning on 14 November 2022.

“Ticket holders will be duly notified by email that the relevant matches have been rescheduled and their tickets will remain valid irrespective of the new date/time.

In addition, FIFA will seek to address any issues arising from this change on a case-by-case basis.

The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 match schedule, as well as the competition regulations, have been amended accordingly.